going to be told lots of things…
—D. Rumsfeld, “Happenings”
begin support of Kerry campaign (May 18, 2004)
tour dates added: San Francisco in May (May
Flash: Rumsfeld expresses shock and
awe upon hearing Rumsfeld CD (May
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begin support of Kerry campaign
May 18, 2004
and Bryant Kong will begin their support of the John
Kerry for President campaign at two House Parties
for Kerry in San Francisco on Sat,
May 22, 2004. Hosts Ron & Debbie Addad
and Ken & Kathy Hoegger have invited the artists
to perform their signature work, The Poetry of Donald
Rumsfeld, at the fundraising events.
Wall and Kong
aim to perform many more times in support of the Kerry
for President campaign. To this end, they are in contact
with the campaign itself as well as various independent
groups supporting Kerry.
For the San
Francisco house parties, guests are asked to consider
donating $100, $250, or $500 to help ensure that John
Kerry has the resources necessary to combat Bush/Cheney
attack ads in key battleground states. Also performing
are soprano Helen Dilworth, baritone Christopher Wells,
and pianist Vladimir Romanancov. Guests will be able
to enjoy a hosted wine bar and delicious food.
number of spaces are available for the House Parties
for Kerry. To inquire about attending, see our concert
tour dates added: San Francisco in May
May 2, 2004
Two new concerts
have just been added to the Weapons of Mass
Distraction Tour for Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld
fans in the San Francisco Bay Area.
May 11, 2004, at 11:00 am, alumna Elender Wall
will return to City College of San Francisco
with Bryant Kong to present highlights from their new
album, including the complete Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld,
for the CCSF community. A limited number of seats are
available to the public for this free concert.
May 23, 2004, at 5:00 pm, Wall and Kong will
bring new music to an old-fashioned salon setting, the
Victorian Englander House, as part
of the San Francisco Classical Music Concerts
series. Located at 807 Franklin St. at Turk near Opera
Plaza, the venue is a beautiful Victorian mansion built
in 1880 and authentically furnished. Tickets are $15
regular admission, $12 senior and students with valid
ID, and are available for sale online.
For more details
or to reserve seats for the new concerts, see our concert
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Flash: Rumsfeld expresses shock and awe upon hearing
May 1, 2004
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld expressed his shock and awe
recently at hearing his words sung by soprano Elender
Wall on the new CD, The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld
and Other Fresh American Art Songs. After CNN featured
the innovative songs by composer Bryant Kong, Rumsfeld
was asked to comment at a meeting of the Newspaper Assocation
of America and the American Society of Newspaper Editors
on April 22, 2004.
gave me a copy of this thing," said the Secretary,
"and here is this woman with a wonderful voice
singing my press conferences. Now, if that doesn't tell
you something about the state of the world!"
not elaborate further. CNN aired his response—captured
on video at the meeting—on April 24.
And what was
the artists' reaction to Rumsfeld's enigmatic comment?
"We're making it into a song," said Kong.
It was unclear
whether Kong was being serious.